Alleviating anxious family traits

Have you noticed how anxiety and stress can feed off anxiety? When your child is anxious you also feel anxious and vice versa?

In the busy lifestyles we lead we have forgotten to take care of ourselves and our children are learning from our unintentional behaviours.

Two national Australian studies showed that 7% of 4 to 17 year olds and 15.4% of 16 to 24 year olds have experienced an anxiety disorder in the previous 12 months.

A 2018 study found a significant interaction between parental social anxiety and child cortisol reactivity. (Cortisol is a hormone responsible for a wide array of processes in the body including supporting the immune system, metabolism and stress response.)

The study concluded that a socially anxious parent with a child who has a high stress-reactivity (heightened cortisol reactivity) increases the risk of the child to have persistent, clinically significant social anxiety.

A review of clinic literature in 2018 confirmed that phytomedicines (plant based natural medicines) have a comparative anxiolytic effect (anxiety reducing effect) to the current array or pharmaceuticals, along with good safety data and tolerability profiles.

Our Naturopath and Yoga Teacher Kim is passionate about supporting families to reduce stress, anxiety and find balance in all areas of life.

Kim can prescribe a variety of vitamins, minerals, herbal formulas and flower essences to reduce anxiety as well as dietary and lifestyle tips to support finding balance in life. Kim also also teaches a variety of yoga and meditation classes to suit the whole family.

To book a naturopathic appointment, yoga or meditation class call Embrace Life (07) 3491 6533.

Family yoga Monday 5pm

General yoga Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6pm

Pregnancy yoga Tuesday 7pm

Mum & Bub yoga Friday 9:15am

Spiritual Embrace (meditation class) Thursday 7pm


  1. Trajectories of Social Anxiety in Children: Influence of child Cortisol Reactivity and Parental Social Anxiety.

  1. GABA-modulating phytomedicines for anxiety: A systematic review of preclinical and clinical evidence.

  1. Easing Children’s Anxiety by Dr Leila Masson, FX Medicine Summer 2019 Vol. 92.